Should you leave?
This is a tricky question to answer because everyone’s situation is different. The best way to approach it is to ask what you want from a job:
If the money isn’t enough, but you enjoy the job, don’t rush into change for the sake of it. Before you do anything rash, ask for a meeting with your employer and put your case forward for a salary review. If nothing can be done about the salary then make your decision based on the results of your meeting.
If it’s “dead man’s boots” at your current employer, then you may be left with no choice. However, if you want promotion and haven’t got it yet, you need to examine the reasons for it. If it is lack of training or experience, think of how you may be able to gain either. Speak to your manager, and find out what you need to be considered for promotion, and how to go about getting it. If you were overlooked because you failed a promotion board or interview, get detailed feedback so that you can address the issues for next time.
You may feel that you are not developing in your present role. Don’t find yourself in the same situation somewhere else before you’ve checked out all your options. Professional or in-house training can lead to more varied duties, making your role more challenging.
If you don’t like your job, ask yourself: what do I want to do instead? Can you achieve this at your present company? If so, why not ask about a transfer, rather than jumping ship? If you don’t have this option, think of where you CAN find the role you want, and go for it.
What is causing your discomfort? Can this be changed? If not, it’s time to go, but if better conditions would mean that you would stay in your present role make every effort to change them. A union representative may be able to advise you on your rights, or speak directly to your boss.
If you feel, after consideration that you want to change your job then get in touch with one of our consultants now. For more information on negotiation, see our ‘Negotiating Skills’ article or better still contact one of our consultants.